It is truly the simple things that make our lives good. Friends, hot coffee, a tasty dinner and a glass of wine, stimulating conversation, a beautiful sunrise, an intriguing new novel. As we get older, we realize that the best times were not defined by our job titles, or salary, or the square footage of our homes.
At 61, almost-62, I can say that for myself the best moments and achievements are now quieter, more personal. Nobody knows or cares what executive parking space I used to have, or whether I got to eat in the Important People Dining Room. Now a good day means I wake up with a smile on my face, looking forward to the day’s simple things.
My wardrobe is simpler too as the years pass (and they seem to be accelerating, can that be true?). An everyday uniform might be a pair of faded crop jeans (similar) and a leather belt (sim), with a new octopus tee (sim) and old suede oxfords (sim). I still do like to dress up occasionally but just for my own entertainment or for the symphony. Oh who am I kidding, I wear a knit dress, tights and booties to the symphony. Most of us in our 60’s follow no strict dress code, nor do we crave others’ approval. Freedom!
I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful simple things today: pet your dog on the head, brew a second cup of coffee, and put on your favorite music. We are Not Dead Yet. xox
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